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Bogus charities expected to prey on donations for wildfire aid

Image of fire burning in trees with smoke billowingRecent wildfires in Colorado have destroyed hundreds of homes and have forced tens of thousands of residents to evacuate. In June, President Obama declared the situation a national disaster, and the Forest Service warned it could take weeks to get the blaze under control. After disasters such as this, many Americans try to help out those who have been affected by donating by charities that promise to assist the victims. However, NCL is warning consumers to be careful about what charity they choose, or risk becoming the victim of a charity scam.

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You on Twitter? So are scammers

Computer keyboard with customized Many consumers find the popular social media site, Twitter, useful for staying in touch with friends and family and getting updates from organizations or famous people. Unfortunately, scammers see the millions of Twitter users very differently: as potential targets.

 

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Watch out for scholarship scams

Female and male graduates in cap and gownGraduation season means optimism about a bright future ahead. Unfortunately, scam artist know how stressful paying for college can be and they’ve tailored a fraud to separate eager students and their families from their money – scholarship scams.

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